5 Easy Steps to Find Companies on LinkedIn That Hire English Speakers

I recently published a list with 122 Companies That Hire English Speakers in Switzerland and the response has been absolutely overwhelming. It has been viewed close to 4000 times within 2 weeks and shared over 300 times. I would like to thank all of you for the great support, this is what keeps me going every day.

 

This blog post is dedicated to show you exactly how you can find these companies who hire english speakers in Switzerland on your own. I will show you how to do this on LinkedIn and then get your first introduction into this company.

 

1. LinkedIn Advanced Search

Go to the LinkedIn Advaced Search. Now type in your preferred location. If you are looking for work in Switzerland, select Switzerland as a contry and type in your specific location, you are looking to work in, and select the radius “Within”.

In the keyword section type in “-deutsch -german”.

 

 

 

Keyword Example for IT

Next to “-deutsch -german” type in your industry or expertise keyword. In the Information Technology field this could be anything as general as “IT” to as specific as “Java Eclipse” or “Sharepoint”. Of course, the search results will differ anytime your alter the keywords and therefore you have much more potential companies and contacts.

If you are a Software Developer, start by using a more specific key term and work your way up to a more generalized one. Try “Software Development” or “Software” or even start with the programming language. Then, if you don’t find enough useful search results, get more general until you arrive at “IT” or “Information Technology”.

 

 

2. Profile language

Once you have your search results open, more options will appear on the left side of your screen. Scroll down to “profile language” and select English.

 

 

 

3. The people’s profiles

Now you have your almost clean search results. People who mention they speak German in their profiles were eliminated and so were people with other profiles than an English one.

Here is where the manual selection process comes into play. You can not clear all German speakers from the search results but that is fine. Start with going through the list and open the first one that does not sound Swiss or German. There should be more than enough to choose from. 

Once you find a potential English speaker, print his/her profile or save it. Highlight the companies names and the job titles from the current and past employers. Do this for the first 20-50 profiles you think are suited best for your research. Now you can Google them and find out what they are doing and if they are officially hiring.

 

4. Getting in contact

Now that you have a list with companies and contacts who work there, it is time to connect with them. First, check if you have any contacts or groups in common. If you are well-connected already in your target region, you should have lot’s in common. If not, no big deal, you will have plenty of very targetted connections after this exercise.

You can send these messages via InMail or a connection request, whatever you feel more comfortable with.

 

Example messages

 

Subject: Looking for Information

“Dear Joe

 

I came across your LinkedIn profile while looking for companies who hire English speakers. I noticed that you work at XY and was wondering if you are an English-speaking Expat yourself as you did not mention that you speak German.

I would love to connect with you on LinkedIn, maybe we can share some knowledge about living and working in Switzerland.

If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.

 

Best Regards

Daniel”

 

 

Subject: Our mutual connection XY

“Dear Will

 

I came across your LinkedIn profile while looking for companies who hire English speakers. I noticed that we share the connection to XY. I worked with her on a project back in Italy, how do you know her?

I would love to connect with you on LinkedIn, maybe we can share some knowledge about living and working in Switzerland.

If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.

 

Best Regards

Daniel”

 

 

5. Follow up

As always, the follow-up is one of the most important tasks to get ahead. Many people will not immediately respond to you. The more you mention about common connections, interests and generall things they care about, the higher the percentage of responses will be.

In the follow-up message, thank them for accepting the connection request and share something about yourself. If it is something you have in common with that person, even better. Don’t ask for too much and whenever you can, give first.

 

 

Opportunities for speakers of other languages

If you speak any other language than English, this is always a big plus for you. Let’s say for example you speak fluent Polish, go to your search interface in LinkedIn and add “polish” to whatever is already in the Keywords box.

Now you have a list of people you share a language with, this is extremely powerful and will give you an immediate connection. Get in touch with them and mention your mutual language or nationality.

 

 

Did you already join the Career Network Switzerland group on LinkedIn and connect with me directly? If not, make sure you do to get the most out of your relationship building efforts.